The plane's velocity is relative
to the aircraft carrier
An F-15's navigation system has been destroyed, and the pilot needs to find his way back to land. He passes the aircraft carrier Nimitz, whose radar operator is able to determine the F-15's velocity relative to the carrier. How can the pilot use this information to find his way home?
What is known:
- The Nimitz is traveling north at 15 knots (nautical miles per hour) relative to the earth.
- The radar operator on the carrier determines that the velocity of the F-15 relative to the carrier is horizontal and of magnitude 300 knots to the northeast.